Dhauli-Kalinga Mahotsav to Commence from February 6

The three-day Dhauli-Kalinga Mahotsav is all set to be organised at the foothills of Dhauli from February 6 to February 8 this year. The annual festival, which features the best of Odisha’s classical dance and martial art forms, is being organised by Odisha Tourism and Odisha Dance Academy (ODA) in collaboration with Art Vision, Bhubaneswar, and in compliance with COVID-19 norms.

Usually, around two thousand seats are reserved for the entertainment of the audience. However, due to the ongoing pandemic, the organisers have had to cut down on the same. Around five hundred seats will be the total capacity and sanitisation machines shall also be installed.

Furthermore, entry inside the venue is restricted and the wearing of masks has been made mandatory. However, arrangements have also been made to stream the festival online through social media platforms as well as through the Doordarshan channel.

“The digital medium has been very helpful to the artistes in the last one year with thousands of viewers watching them online,” ODA director Aruna Mohanty said.

Odissi will be performed by the dancers from the Orissa Dance Academy and Art Vision in Bhubaneswar and Nrutya Nilaya, in Angul on different days. Kathak will be performed by the Upasana Centre of Dance in Kolkata, Bharatnatyam by Bharatanjali in Chennai and Kuchipudi by Shambhavi School of Dance in Bengaluru.

Martial art forms like Mayurbhanj Chhau will be presented by Aangika, Bhubaneswar, Purulia Chhau by Kalipada Chhau Nritya Samity, Purulia, and Sareikala Chhau by Acharya Chhau Nrutya Bichitra, New Delhi.

“All the three forms of Chhau have different techniques and presentation styles. While the Purulia form is colourful and gorgeous, the Sareikela Chhau is more lyrical, poetic and controlled. The Mayurbhanj one focuses on body movements,” noted danseuse Ileana Citaristi said.

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